11 K-Beauty Sheet Masks That Are Effective & Surprisingly Affordable
Sheet masks have something to offer all of us, whether you use them to refresh your skin or just enjoy laughing at this poor girl trying to take hers off. If you want to give this booming skin care trend a shot, here are some great inexpensive sheet masks you can pick up to satisfy your curiosity.
Though sheet masks are super popular in the east Asian beauty realm (South Korea, specifically), they're just now skyrocketing to popularity in the U.S. Another Bustler reported that "it's almost impossible to walk down a commercial street without coming across at least one cosmetics store, and chances are there's a basket of sheet masks right up front by the door."
Americans' increasing obsession with Korean beauty products isn't just because of their whimsical packaging or the abundance of celebrities posting sheet mask selfies. According to Angela Kim, the founder and CEO of Korean cosmetics retailer Insider Beauty, it's the "performance and efficacy of the products that really catapulted Korean beauty to become mainstream here."
Sheet masks are super versatile, offering options for skin types and problems across the board, from getting rid of acne to making sure skin stays oil-free overnight.
It can be hard to know where to start with so much sheet craze, so here's a roundup of some of the best bang-for-your-buck sheet masks available.
Not only do you get 16 masks for a low price (Amazon helpfully lets the math-challenged, aka me, know that it works out to $0.56/mask), but these vitamin E and collagen masks come in a combo pack containing "flavors" ranging from strawberry to wine to aqua to bee venom.
You read that right. Bee venom on your face. Totally worth $9.
Hold on to your butts, because you'll be seeing a lot of combo packs in this roundup. This one is slightly more expensive, but it contains masks which specifically target common skin problems, offering differently scented treatment options including emolliating, moisturizing, hydrating, restoring, and soothing.
No bee venom here — sorry bee fans. The seller says these masks, which have excellent reviews and primarily contain water, are all-natural, and they come in natural scents including like rose, lime, kiwi, and bamboo.
OK, back to bee venom. This pack is $20 for 10 sheets, and has some serious skin care solutions, like bee venom, snail secretion filtrate, arbutin, and adenosine. According to the seller, the ingredients offer moisturizing, skin-lifting, and brightening.
When we're talking about bang for your buck, these are definitely worth looking into at $0.09 apiece, but there is a catch: They don't come coated in any product. I'm putting them on this list because they're ideal for folks who need to know exactly what's in masks because of potential allergic reactions, or who just prefer DIY. These can be soaked in your preferred lotions or creams, and the seller even suggests trying milk or egg depending on what results you're looking for.
Masque Bar offers a bunch of relatively cheap masks which are made to address different areas of skin care, from dark-circle-reducing eye patches to a pore-refining cream mask. This one contours to your face and is made with green tea extract, collagen, and vitamin E to boost your skin's moisture and help soften wrinkles.
If you're thinking, "Isn't a charcoal mask what the girl from the screaming-and-stuck-in-mask video was using?" then you're correct. If the intense peeling necessary for these charcoal contouring masks wigs you out, skip 'em for the softer masks. But if you're looking to remove blackheads and clean out your pores, and you're willing to peel peel peel, then these are your new BFFs.
At $25, this set is the most expensive on this list, and has relatively fewer pieces. However, according to the seller, these masks are made to help prep skin for makeup application, so if you (like me) have trouble getting your makeup to go on smoothly and cling to your skin, these masks are a possible solution.
The set includes: one brightening mask with blueberries and yogurt; one wrinkle-minimizing mask with avocado and collagen; one firming mask with pomegranate and hyaluronic acid; one age-defying mask with red wine and retinol; one natural glow mask with wild rose and vitamin C; and one hydrating mask with almond oil and vitamin E.
OK, yes, I am indulging my inner five-year-old. And also my inner terrible self who wants to wear one of these and scare my wife in the middle of the night. The animal-printed gimmick aside, though, you get eight of these for $12, and they contain primarily coconut water and coconut juice. Each animal represents a different treatment: the tiger mask eases wrinkles; the panda mask brightens; the otter mask moisurizes; and the dragon mask soothes your skin.
If you're looking for natural-only smells, this is the pack for you. These are a grab-bag, so you may get multiples of one kind and may not get all the types available, but possible scents include olive, orange, chamomile, rose, avocado, shea butter, aloe vera, green tea, tomato, acai, royal jelly, bamboo, cucumber, and tea tree. The seller says you can refrigerate them before use — which, for my fellow sinus headache sufferers, is an excellent quality.
IMO, this is a perfect way to dip your toes into the waters of face-masking. With this pack, you get seven sheets, each intended for one day of a weeklong treatment. It's a little pricier than some of the other options on your list, but it'll help you set a regimen to see how consistent mask use will affect your skin.
Masks include a refreshing Monday mask, a soothing Tuesday mask, a brightening and moisturizing Wednesday mask, a pore care Thursday mask, a vitalizing Friday mask, an extra-moisturizing Saturday mask, and a round-it-all-out energizing Sunday mask.
Hopefully these products have given you some sheet mask inspiration that's the good kind of tough on your skin and the best kind of easy on your wallet.
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